Post Growth Prototypes

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Post Growth Prototypes
Sat. 19. 6. 18:0019:00

Performative Lecture with DISNOVATION.ORG (FR/PL) and Baruch Gottlieb (CA), moderated by Ana Ascencio (BE)

What ideological, social and biophysical factors precipitate the current environmental crises? What agency is available for transformative practices and imaginaries to redefine how we satisfy our energy and material requirements and avert large scale ecosystemic breakdown?

Post Growth invites us to challenge the dominant narratives about growth and progress, and explore the radical implications of various artistic prototypes, like an economic model based on energy emitted by the sun. This speculative research provides perspectives for a shift away from the over-exploitation of fossil fuels on which the reproduction of our societies mainly depends today.

Post Growth re-envision social metabolism through an understanding of the energy it requires, it aims to reconsider the critical dimension of living and material activities of the biosphere, drawing on ecofeminism, indigenous knowledge, environmental accounting and historical materialism.

Post Growth is an invitation to a collective and practical examination of our shared future, examining the notion of growth, in its many facets and implications, testing the limits of technology, of politics and of our imaginations.

Conception: DISNOVATION.ORG (Nicolas Maigret, Maria Roszkowska and Baruch Gottlieb) with Pauline Briand, Julien Maudet and Clemence Seurat

© Antoine Calafat

DISNOVATION.ORG (Nicolas Maigret, Maria Roszkowska and Baruch Gottlieb) is both an art collective and an international working group engaged in the crossovers between contemporary arts, research and hacking. The collective develops situations of interference, debate and speculation that question dominant techno-positivist ideologies in order to foster post-growth narratives. They recently co-edited ’A Bestiary of the Anthropocene’, an atlas of anthropic hybrid creatures, and ’The Pirate Book’, an anthology on media piracy.

Their work has been presented at numerous art centers and festivals internationally such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Transmediale (Berlin), Museum of Art and Design (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Strelka Institute (Moscow), ISEA (Hong Kong) and Chaos Computer Congress (Hamburg)… Their work has been featured in Forbes, Vice, Wired, Motherboard, Libération, Die Zeit, Arte TV, Gizmodo and Filmmaker Magazine among others.

Ana Ascencio

Ana Ascencio is a curator and producer based in Brussels, with a particular focus on art, technology and digital cultures. After several years in Montreal, Canada, where she collaborated from 2007 to 2011 within the team of Elektra, the International Digital Art Festival, Ana was appointed artistic director of the Mapping Festival in Geneva (Switzerland), an event dedicated to audiovisual arts and digital cultures for which she annually developed an extensive programme of exhibitions, performances, workshops and conferences from 2012 to 2019. 

Currently operating as artistic director at iMAL (Interactive Media Art Lab), a pioneer institution in the field of art & technology, Ana is also co-running a gallery space, 254Forest, a multidisciplinary project initiated by Rebecca Cuglietta and photographer Pierre Debusschere. 

Ana continues to collaborate with international organisations such as the BIAN (International Biennale of Digital Arts) in Montreal, for which she co-curated the Swiss artists focus in 2016, and is regularly invited to participate in juries, talks and panels discussions (ACT Center, South Korea; Schiev, Belgium; Mutek, Canada, etc.).